Does anyone remember those fun pudding cups? I used to LOVE those as a kid. There was never enough creamy chocolatey pudding in that little cup even when I licked the lid clean.
Now that I’m more healthy minded and with dairy allergies those fun sweet little pudding cups don’t ever make it in my grocery cart. But before you go on feeling sorry for me or my kids, know that I have the perfect creamy chocolatey replacement.
Dairy-free Chocolate Pudding with Protein
Not only do we get to eat a fun chocolate snack made in minutes but it’s also been revamped so it actually has some nutritional benefits. My dairy-free chocolate pudding recipe with protein contains chia seeds, cacao, and protein powder so my kids are getting a good dose of anti-oxidants, fiber, protein, and omega 3’s fatty acids.
Plus, studies show that chia seeds help reduce and lower type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You can check out this article, 11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds for more information about this super food.
Another AMAZING aspect of this recipe is the added protein. I’m a firm believer that small amounts of healthy protein throughout the day not only keeps my waistline slime but also keeps my kids from having major melt downs.
Protein unlike simple or complex sugars stabilizes your blood sugar so that there are no sugar crashes for you or your kids and it doesn’t store unused energy into fat. Did you know that small amounts of protein has been proven to improve your mood too?
“Certain amino acids from protein foods are needed to balance hormones naturally, control your mood and act as a natural remedy for anxiety. Proteins help neurotransmitters function and synthesize hormones like dopamine and serotonin that calm us and keep our outlook positive.
Many people who are lacking in key amino acids start experiencing weakness, moodiness, and increased anxiety or signs of depression for this reason. Because protein helps stabilize glucose in your blood, it also prevents mood changes, irritability and cravings that can occur due to fluctuating blood sugar levels. ” – Dr. Axe
You can read more on the benefits of eating the right protein and how protein benefits your body in this article, 8 Health Benefits of Eating More Protein Foods.
So, my go to choice for protein powder is Vega, hands down. I’ve been buying Vega for my family for the last 3 years and have no desire to try anything else. My husband is a huge workout person so much so he has a fitness blog called, ashotofadrenaline.net.
Trust me, when I say we have tried DOZENS of protein powders. Many people have even shipped us samples and nothing compares to the taste and texture of Vega. Vanilla, Chocolate, Berry, etc we love them all. Chocolate is my favorite while vanilla is my husband’s. Since we stay away from dairy, we love that it is vegan!
I especially love that every protein powder is loaded with greens. Broccoli, kale, spinach, alfalfa grass, etc. It’s just another easy way to get healthy vegetables into my kids diet especially when we need to race out the door. You can check out more about Vega here.
Hmm, not too shabby for a creamy chocolatey pudding snack! 🙂 I ABSOLUTELY love when I can offer good tasting food to my kids that has a ton of nutritional value too.
I would love to hear from you. If you give this recipe a try, please let me know by giving the recipe a rating and leaving a comment.
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Recipe is heavily adopted from minimalistbaker.com